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DGCA launches investigation into flight tyre-burst

A Correspondent

Official conducts inspection of aircraft, collects information


Preliminary probe detects lapse on the part of pilot

Detailed report to be submitted soon


Nedumbassery: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has launched an investigation into the incident in which the tyres of a Chennai-bound Jet Airways flight burst while it was attempting to take off from the Cochin international airport here on Thursday. 

Airport officials said Dhorairaj, an assistant director with the DGCA, reached the airport on Thursday evening and completed an inspection of the aircraft and collected information from the airport and airline officials. 

After assessing the damage to the aircraft, he gave instructions for sealing the data recorder inside the aircraft. He was expected to submit a detailed investigation report to the higher authorities soon.  

Sources said the primary investigation report by the official pointed to a fault on the part of the pilot who, along with his co-pilot, has been derostered to enable him to appear for the DGCA probe. However, neither the airline nor the airport company refused to confirm this report.

Meanwhile, the local police have prepared a first information report on the incident based on the statements of the passengers on the flight. 

A disaster was averted on Thursday when the flight 9W 2730, scheduled to leave here with 48 passengers and four crew members aboard at 12.20 p.m., aborted its journey after two of its front tyres burst even as the ATR 72-500 type aircraft had begun its take-off roll. 

The incident forced the closure of the airport for more than three hours as the aircraft was left stranded on the runway. However, no damage to the runway was reported during an inspection.

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